The Cotton Exchange

In the roaring 1920’s,  one of the largest and busiest cotton export companies in the world was located at  the Port of Wilmington. Today, The Cotton Exchange houses eight graciously restored, historic buildings connected by brick walkways, open-air courtyards, and gigantic heart pine beams. Specialty shops and charming restaurants are built into formerly abandoned warehouses, each a reflection of the style and feel of Wilmington’s bygone days. In 1975-76, The Cotton Exchange was the first downtown complex in North Carolina to adapt and utilize existing buildings, serving as an excellent example of local preservation efforts.

Located across from the river in downtown Historic Wilmington, The Cotton Exchange is a mall of an eclectic assortment of  24 medium to high end stores  that offer clothing, jewelry, books, kites, gourmet food stuffs, candy, art, shoes, etc.  Each store is unique and not one is a chain. The four restaurants include a victorian pub, gourmet “soul food”, authentic German cuisine and an old fashioned ice-cream parlor.

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One comment on “The Cotton Exchange”

  1. Yeah, we can use several medium for this, anyway thanks a lot.


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